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Obituary
9:23 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, Trailblazer With Sense Of Humor, Dies At 70

State comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, shown in this state photo, died December 10 from complications of a stroke at the age of 70.
Credit via Illinois Comptroller website

(Updated 3:54 p.m., Wed., Dec. 10 with more reaction.)

Judy Baar Topinka, a leading figure in Illinois politics for decades, died suddenly Wednesday morning. Topinka, the state comptroller, won re-election to a second term in that office in November. Her office says she suffered a stroke. She was 70 years old. 

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Politics & Issues
12:44 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Worthington Executed; Missouri's Seventh Lethal Injection This Year

A Missouri inmate has been put to death for raping and killing a neighbor in 1995, the first lethal injection in the U.S. since an execution in Arizona went awry last month.
 

The Missouri Department of Corrections said early Wednesday that Michael Worthington was executed by lethal injection at the state prison and was pronounced dead at 12:11 a.m. He is the seventh Missouri inmate executed this year.
 
He had been sentenced to death for the 1995 attack on Melinda "Mindy" Griffin during a burglary of her Lake St. Louis condominium.
 

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Consumer Protection
8:30 am
Wed June 18, 2014

McCaskill Scolds Dr. Oz At Hearing On Weight-Loss Scams

Dr. Mehmet Oz testifies Tuesday before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, chaired by Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri.
Credit (Courtesy of Sen. Claire McCaskill)

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Tuesday chaired a hearing on Capitol Hill to discuss what she called a “crisis in consumer protection”: weight-loss diet scams.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of television’s “Dr. Oz Show”, was the hearing’s star witness. Other witnesses included Mary Koelbel Engle, associate director of the Division of Advertising Practices for the Federal Trade Commission, and Steven Mister, president and CEP of the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

During the hearing McCaskill scolded Oz for claims that he’s made about weight-loss aids on his show.

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Lethal Injection
11:35 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Suits Challenge Missouri Over Secrecy About Execution Procedures

Chris McDaniel
Credit (St. Louis Public Radio)

Two suits were filed Thursday in Jefferson City challenging Missouri officials for failing to disclose information about the drugs the state uses in lethal injections.

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GM Senate Hearing
9:26 am
Thu April 3, 2014

McCaskill Grills GM Head Over Safety Recalls

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) questions GM CEO Mary Barra during a subcommittee hearing Wednesday.
Credit (Sen. Claire McCaskill)

Members of a Senate panel Wednesday accused General Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths.

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Quinn Budget Address
3:34 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Quinn Pushes To Extend Illinois Income Tax Increase

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered his annual budget address to the legislature on Wednesday.
Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Illinois residents would continue paying a 5-percent income tax rate under the much-anticipated budget proposal Gov. Pat Quinn presented Wednesday. 

Illinois' income tax rate is supposed to expire in January, midway through the fiscal year. But Quinn says that would cause "savage cuts" to schools and other critical state services. Instead, the governor wants to make the higher income tax rate permanent.

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Illinois State of the State Address
4:54 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Quinn Says Illinois Is 'Making A Comeback,' Republicans Say Not Fast Enough

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered the annual State of the State speech at the state capitol in Springfield Wednesday.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A hike in the minimum wage, sending more children to preschool and more grants for low-income college students are all part of the agenda Governor Pat Quinn laid out Wednesday in his State of the State address.

Five years to the day after he first became governor, Pat Quinn tried to make the case that Illinois is "making a comeback." It's also the anniversary of when lawmakers removed his predecessor from office. Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now serving a federal prison sentence for corruption.

Quinn says he's helped restore integrity to state government.

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Weather
4:30 pm
Sat January 4, 2014

Officials Urge Caution During Cold Weather

The Gateway Arch is barely visible from Busch Stadium during a snowstorm on Jan. 5, 2014.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 5:50 p.m. Monday with information from latest city briefing

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Education
3:50 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Mo. Court Upholds Student Transfer Law In Kansas City Case Similar To St. Louis

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Updated 5:06 p.m. with statement from Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 

The Missouri Supreme Court has again upheld a law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay for students who chose to attend elsewhere.

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Politics
12:35 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Deal Reached To Solve $100 Billion Illinois Pension Crisis

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

Will be updated.

A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan says legislative leaders have reached a deal to solve the state's $100 billion pension crisis.

Steve Brown says he was told of the agreement following a leaders meeting Wednesday.

Brown says the speaker's staff is putting together an "explanatory memo" for lawmakers and will send details of the proposed legislation to them Friday.

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